The Days Are Longer Why Not Grab a Brew……

This time of year makes you just want to be outside so you can enjoy the weather, and maybe a cold brew.  This week’s hot spot of the week is a place that you can do just that, Ambacht Brewing

Located in Hillsboro, Oregon Ambacht Brewing is Oregon’s only brewery without an IPA.  Ambacht strives to create American Ales inspired by Belgian brewing.  Their tap room is open from 12-5 PM Thursday through Sunday for you to enjoy a brew.

You are able to bring food in with you and your floof to enjoy their outdoor seating.  You’re also able to grab bottles or have your growler filled.  If you are a cherry fan you’ll want to check out two of their newer brews as they are their cherriest brews to date – Ambacht Pie Cherry Pale and. Ambacht Pie Cherry Dark.

The next time you’re looking for a brew or want to share something local with a friend from out of town hit up Ambacht.  They’re located at 1060 NE 25th, Suite B in Hillsboro.

Is your Zestimate Accurate?

Let’s be honest thanks to the internet there are so many different ways for sellers and buyers to get information about their own homes, as well as homes in their community it can make your head spin.  You fill out price calculators, pre-qualifying certifications, mortgage estimates, and value tracking….all online.  That’s a whole lot of information to be sharing, and it probably looks great when you are looking at it.  It feels empowering to have all of those numbers sitting in front of you, but you need to ask yourself are they actually correct?  And should you trust them?

The reality is that many of the big box website calculators have been known to be off – sometimes by as much as $100,000 or more, and that’s a huge amount when you’re trying to decide if you should sell your house right?  You’re probably asking yourself why are they off by so much?  Well here’s the truth:

  1.  They use your WHOLE county’s data – not just your neighborhood.  They’re looking at the whole pie, not just your piece of it.
  2. They don’t perform a Comparative Market Analysis which can only be done by a Realtor® to come up with the value.  Instead they use AI.
  3. They don’t take renovations or improvements into consideration.
  4. They weight their results heavily on the prices of homes that have recently been listed at, not the price that the homes actually sold for which skews the data.

So yes, an automated estimate can be a great starting point, it’s safe to say that it does best paired with a real estate agent who can gather more personal data about your neighborhood, street and any improvements or repairs that are needed in the home.  As a Realtor® I’ able to do the research need to know where your home stands in the current market, and what kid of market conditions you’re going to be dealing with. That alone can be a major difference in the listing price that is going to bring you top dollar and still allow for a quick sale.

If you’re reading this thinking that you may need some guidance around the area of automatic home evaluations, and feel like you have no place to start please reach out to me.  I am happy to help you through the process with no pressure, no sales tactics, just the help and guidance that you need.  Please feel free to email me at maryann@nexthomepdx.com

Welcome to Cornelius, Oregon!

This city of Cornelius is full of a rich history.  It’s history begins long before it was incorporated into a city thanks to the arrival of the railroad.  It should be noted that the railroad played a big part in the beginnings of several other cities on the Westside of the Portland Metro area as well, North Plains, Forest Grove and Banks to name a few.   While the railroad helped to bring folks to the west many of the settlers to the area faced the hardships that came with traveling along the Oregon Trail.

The City of Cornelius is named after one of those successful settlers, T.R. Cornelius.   He settled in to the Tualatin Valley and upon hearing about the Whitman massacre joined the Washington County Volunteers where he fought with them in five battles.  As the need for volunteers decreased Mr. Cornelius moved to California to follow the gold rush.

As a Sgt. he returned to Oregon and was was promoted to Captain, eventually becoming a Colonel of the Washington County Company D after the retirement of Colonel Nesmith.  At the conclusion of the Indian War Col. Cornelius spent 20 years working in the Territorial Legislature.  At the end of his time with the Territorial Legislature in 1871 he returned to the 1,300 acre farm that he had built over the years.  His farm housed a grain warehouse, two sawmills, a grocery store, creamery as well as several homes and barns that stretched across the 1,300 acres.

During this time Ben Holladay was building a railroad depot that was going to house the post office and telegraph office in an area known as Free Orchards.  Farmers in the area began to enjoy the railroad depot and Cornelius’ warehouse.  Farmers would line their wagons up all throughout the day to unload the grain into the warehouse as it waited to be shipped.  In later years everyone in the town agreed that the town should be named in honor of T.R. Cornelius to recognize the many contributions he made that allowed the community to develop.

The City of Cornelius was incorporated in the spring of 1893 and the first Council meeting was held on May 5, 1893.  Folks today enjoy living in Cornelius for it’s close proximity to Forest Grove and Hillsboro in addition to the average price of homes in Cornelius being in.  It allows for small town living close to it all.

Your four legged family members need a doctor too.

Add a subheading copy 13Let’s be honest our pets are actually just furry four-legged family members, and when they hurt we hurt.  So when we make a move one of the many things we need to do is find those furry four-legged family members their own doctor to care for them.  Whether you’ve just moved or you’re looking for a local vet this week’s local business of the week located in Forest Grove, Oregon – Pacific Avenue Veterinary Clinic.

Dr, Sid and his crew have been helping small pets and their parents since 1998.  They provide the following services to their community:

Preventative Maintenance – just like your human family members your four legged family members need those routine check ups too.

  • Surgery – let’s be honest every now and then something happens and your pet will need surgery.  With an experienced surgical team you can be certain that your furry family member will be well cared for from the start of surgery to their recovery.
  • Diagnostics – they have state of the art diagnostic equipment so should you find that Fido needs an x-ray, ultrasound, blood work or other diagnostic treatment Pacific Ave. Vet Clinic can help.
  • Pet Boarding – headed out for a vacation?  They have two separate areas to keep healthy pets away from sick ones.  Both cats and dogs will find themselves feeling comfy thanks to large windowed cages that allow cats to do some bird watching, while Fido enjoys a walk two to three times a day.  They also know that just like humans pets do better away from home with the things that they love so you are welcome to bring their favorite blanket or toy.
  • Dentistry – Yes pets need to have dental work done too
  • Cat Grooming –  I bow down to them on this one because as you know, cats can be real jerks.  Probably why they offer sedated cat grooms which can include a lion cut, brush out, nail trim, sanitary shave in addition to ear and eye cleaning.  They do not offer cat bathing and I don’t blame them.  Cats plus water is a bad idea.

They also have an online store making it easy and convenient for you to get your pet supplies. 

Does Fido Need Some Help?

Add a subheading copy 13Living in a small town sometimes it’s the little things that make life a little more convenient, such as doctor’s offices, dentist offices, a bank, restaurants, etc.  So, for those pet parents having a vet clinic close by certainly can make life easier.  So for those folks living in North Plains, and communities closer to North Plains the North Plains Veterinary Clinic provides a convenient  option for many pet parents for over 12 years.

I know that when my doggo Tug was alive, and I lived in another small town, having the vet close was nice, especially when they provide services like the ones that the North Plains Vet clinic offers.

Dr. Thomas Tsui and staff  provide medical care for dogs, cats and exotics.  Some of the services they provide are:

  • Vaccines
  • Wellness Exams
  • Dental Prophy
  • Oral Surgery
  • Digital Radiology
  • Inhouse lab work for immediate results & comprehensive off site results
  • Surgical Procedures
  • In-house ultrasounds
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Laser treatment for acute & chronic conditions
  • House calls

In addition, if you are going out of town they also have boarding which includes a morning and evening feeding, walks and meds as necessary.

If you find yourself with a new four legged family member hopefully they can help you keep your new family member healthy.

North Plains Veterinary Clinic is located at 10395 NW Glencoe Rd #700, North Plains, OR 97133  and their phone is  (503) 647-0928